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Reference Number EP/Y024257/1
Title Research Hub for Decarbonised Adaptable and Resilient Transport Infrastructures (DARe)
Status Started
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency (Transport) 20%;
Not Energy Related 60%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research (Environmental, social and economic impacts) 20%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 10%;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Computer Science and Informatics) 5%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 25%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Town and Country Planning) 20%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 10%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 50%;
Systems Analysis related to energy R&D (Other Systems Analysis) 50%;
Principal Investigator Professor PT Blythe
No email address given
Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 September 2023
End Date 31 March 2027
Duration 43 months
Total Grant Value £10,568,485
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region North East
Programme Energy and Decarbonisation, UKRI Strategic Theme Building a Green Future
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor PT Blythe , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (99.984%)
  Other Investigator Dr A Al-Tabbaa , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr S Barr , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr RJ Dawson , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr D Flynn , School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Mr AC Ford , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor H Fowler , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor S Glendinning , Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr P K Greening , Sch of Management and Languages, Heriot-Watt University (0.001%)
Mr PM James , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Dr Y Jin , Architecture, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr K A MacAskill , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr R Palacin , Sch of Engineering, Newcastle University (0.001%)
Professor A Parlikad , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr J Schooling , Engineering, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr L Wan , Land Economy, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
Dr JD Woodcock , Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge (0.001%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Ove Arup & Partners Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Network Rail Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , Laing O'Rourke plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Highways Agency (0.000%)
Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Northumberland County Council (0.000%)
Project Contact , Ordnance Survey (0.000%)
Project Contact , KPMG (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (0.000%)
Project Contact , Pinsent Masons LLP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Jacobs UK Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Port of Felixstowe (0.000%)
Project Contact , Connected Places Catapult (0.000%)
Project Contact , CoMoUK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Aurrigo Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , COWI UK Limited (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business and Trade (0.000%)
Project Contact , Freightliner (0.000%)
Project Contact , Greater Cambridge Partnership (0.000%)
Project Contact , MarRI-UK (0.000%)
Project Contact , Stagecoach Group plc (0.000%)
Project Contact , Transport North East (0.000%)
Project Contact , VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd (0.000%)
Project Contact , rail freight group (0.000%)
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Abstract Our Vision is for climate resilient, net zero development of the transport system to be guided by systems analysis. When this vision is realised, decision-makers will have access to (and visualisation of) data that tells them how transport is performing against resilience, decarbonisation, and other objectives, now and in the future. We will deliver them systems models that will help to pinpoint vulnerabilities and quantify the risks of failure. This will enable them to perform 'what-if' analysis of proposed investments and to stress-test scenarios for the major uncertainties that will determine the performance of future transport systems, such as population growth, new materials and technologies and climate change.Our ambition is to deliver co-created research that plots viable pathways and solutions for delivering a resilient, net-zero transport system that works for people and communities by 2050. DARe will be the go-to Hub because we will engage widely and proactively, and provide the evidence, guidance and tools to decision-makers that will enable them to prioritise early interventions and investments.. Our research programme will take a system-of-systems led approach to transport which recognises and addresses the challenges at the three, distinct but critically interlinked, scales of national, regional and local. It will address the interwoven challenges of resilience and net zero, for both existing and new transport infrastructures, and identify and provide solutions for new vulnerabilities that may occur because of the net zero transition, including critical interdependencies with digital and power infrastructures. It will demonstrate the benefits and opportunities that come from reimagining and rethinking how our transport systems deliver mobility to both people and the goods and services our economy relies on, and will offer insight on how governance and policy can enable and drive these changes.We have shaped our research programme in consultation with our multiple civic partners in North East and North West England, Northumberland, Cambridgeshire & Heartland and Scotland as well as our strong cohort of additional partners. DARe will build on this by opening the partnership to all and proactively engage in a programme of co-creation events during the first nine months to jointly define scenarios and storylines leading us towards addressing the dual challenge of decarbonising our local regional and national transport infrastructures whilst increasing their resilience and adaptability in a context of climate change. The role and participation of the wider research community via the DARe Flexible Fund will be instrumental in delivering this.The DARe work programme comprises five integrated work packages (WPs), four focussed research activities plus a management WP.WP1 delivers the co-created transport futures storylines which shape the research activities of the hub and develops the storylines to stress-test solutions across the three spatial scales, contextualised by the systems-of-systems interactions between transport-power-digital critical infrastructures. WP2 provides a new, transferable open-source modelling framework that will be co-developed with and made available to the wider community as a legacy of DARe. WP3 will address the physical implications for infrastructure assets and how their climate-perturbed performance will impact whole-life management. WP4 will provide insights into the wider implications and real-world impacts of the storylines when considering the policy, socio-economic, behavioural and land use planning aspects of the hub. WP0 will be dedicated to hub management, governance and engagement.
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